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House Committee Passes Hate Crimes Bill

On February 20, 2001, a Texas House Hate Crimes Bill Committee approved a hate crimes bill named after James Byrd Jr. The bill was meant to toughen penalties for crimes against minorities, gays, women, and other groups.

Critics said the bill would punish people for their thoughts and would protect only certain classes of people.

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